The Chicago Theater Fire hoax, 1875

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If this is a true hoax, then newspapers have been playing games since the beginning.

The theater fire hoax became emblematic of the no-holds-barred style of journalistic sensationalism that emerged towards the end of the century.…

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1 thought on “The Chicago Theater Fire hoax, 1875

  1. tsisageya

    I think I’m on record as hating music these days but somehow I still think of music sometimes. Who could know? I must be cray cray.


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